Our Facilitators

“My love of food…cooking and eating, combined with a desire to work with children has led me to Kids’ Test Kitchen. This is a dream job for me! I have a certificate in Culinary Arts and a great sense of humor. My husband loves when I try new recipes. Thai food, nature, and my two furry ones (cats) make me happy.”

Karen M.

“My favorite things in life are food, bicycles, and adventure. I am a trained pastry chef, climbing coach, welding instructor, and bicycle builder as well as food and nutrition educator. Pictured is a grill set up made from bicycle parts on a recent trip to Lithuania, to teach teens how to build and maintain art/chopper bicycles. Inspiring others to learn and try new things keeps me moving forward. If you find me in Somerville, commuting by tall bike, be sure to yell “Hi, Pastry Queen!”

Jay D.

“I am a happily married mom of two. I grew up in New England and will always be a New England girl – even though I have it on my bucket list to see Alaska. I am an unapologetic fan of the tv show, Survivor. The three most important things in my life are family, food, and music.”

Katie P.

“I’ve been teaching for 20 years (mostly third grade). I grew up in a house with a Culinary Institute Graduate (my dad). I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen. It’s my zen spot. I feel strongly that picky eaters are made not born. For that reason, I think it’s important to expose kids to all kinds of foods as early as possible. I love cooking with my husband, my two boys, and with my KTK kids. It’s my two favorite worlds combined!”

Kristen F.

“I’m a retired event planner and cooking enthusiast! I graduated from Widener University’s hotel and restaurant program with a love of all things food and hospitality. I’m passionate about good health and eating habits and strive to help kids learn to love nutritious foods. In addition to teaching with Kids’ Test Kitchen, I work for the Melrose Family YMCA! I am a wife and step mama to a fantastic 15 year old, a dog and 3 cats.”

Kim C.

“I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Health Coach. I love to share my passion for living a healthy lifestyle through hands on learning in the kitchen. Introducing new foods to kids is so much fun and empowers them to make healthy choices! When I am not cooking I love to run, do yoga, garden and spend time with my family and my English setter, Fletcher.”

Mary H.

“I hold a BS in Dietetics, and I am also a certified trained chef. I have worked in various aspects of the food service industry including hospitals, corporations and as a Culinary School Instructor. I moved to Massachusetts in 2016 for her husband, Sean, to take a role with Keurig Green Mountain. I’ve taken a few years off to be with my 2 daughters during their preschool and elementary years. My daughters, ages 10 and 7, are huge helpers in the kitchen. They help prepare dinners weekly doing much of the preparation work as well as becoming very good pastry chefs.
Before moving to Massachusetts, I was part of an organization that introduced healthy choices through ingredients and cooking methods. From this experience, I decided this was the next stop in my career path which brought me to Kids’ Test Kitchen.
I am excited to be part of the KTK team and I’m looking forward to bringing my passion of cooking to your children.”

Nicci C.

“I am a mom, teacher and nutrition enthusiast. With a diploma in Nutrition from Shaw Academy, I enjoy engaging kids in the process of cooking nutritious and delicious meals that allow them to be creative and have a sense of ownership in the food they eat. I believe this results in building a strong foundation in healthy and nutritious diet/lifestyle choices that will serve them well for years to come. I also enjoy using the cooking process to develop math skills in a fun, interactive way.”

Jen K.

“Hi! I’m Emily and I am a clinical nutritionist with an integrative and functional approach. I graduated with my MS in integrative nutrition in May of 2019 and recently passed the national certified nutrition specialist (CNS) exam. I am currently finishing up my remaining hours to become licensed. I am passionate about educating clients on intuitive and mindful eating and fostering healthy relationships with food. In addition to working with Kids’ Test Kitchen, I have a small virtual nutrition practice of my own and also work for an RD in Concord, MA who specializes in women’s health. I also work with local pre-schools to develop more nutrient-dense menus for their students and lead workshops across the community on a variety of nutrition topics. On a personal note, I am the mom to the most precious (and wild!) little boy named Oliver who loves to eat as much as I do! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking, taking ballet barre classes, going for walks, and reading.” 

Emily K.

“I am a grade 8 science teacher in Westford and have been teaching science for 21 years. I am married, live in Tewksbury, and I have two teenage boys. When I got married, I realized that I had a passion for cooking and hosting dinner parties. I really became invested in healthy cooking when I took a class in the past with a nutritionist holistic coach and I learned so much from that class. I really enjoy helping kids and love to bring out their desire to cook healthy food. As a Facilitator in Kids’ Test Kitchen, I have a wonderful opportunity to experience this and I am truly grateful!”

Maria S.

“I am a registered dietitian and enthusiastic home cook who loves getting to work with children! Originally from Ohio, I received my Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I live with my husband, David, and 1 year old daughter, Jane, who loves spending time with me in the kitchen. My favorite things to make and eat include sauerkraut, spring rolls, and birthday cakes.”

Elizabeth A.

” I am certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach and am a licensed Pretzel Kids Yoga Instructor. As part of the Kids Test Kitchen, I look forward to inspiring young children to embrace wellness by teaching them how to cook nutritious foods and share with their families. At home, I reinforce creativity and holistic alternatives by letting children explore and experiment with healthy recipes and cooking skills. I enjoy running, yoga, meditation and writing, all of which help maintain balance across several aspects of my life.” 

Sheena M.

” I am currently attending Johnson & Wales University for Culinary Nutrition with a concentration in clinical dietetics. I plan to focus on pediatric nutrition upon graduating, and have a passion for teaching kids the value of healthy eating. I find joy in sharing my knowledge in culinary arts and building skills that will help kids in their future.”

Christian R.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates (400 BCE)

” I am a Physical Therapist and more recently a Certified Nutrition Specialist. I love sharing healthy food ideas to promote and support overall wellness. When a client tries a new recipe, (with ingredients they didn’t think they would like), and it becomes a favorite . . . that is the ultimate reward! I grew up on Cape Cod and enjoy beach walks year round, cooking, gardening and being active outdoors with my husband and two cats.

Barbara B.

“Hi! I’m Jillian and I love to try new things, especially when it comes to trying new foods. Sweets are my soft spot, but anything with cheese is a win in my book! I have a bachelors in food science and find food and cooking dishes to be a great fun filled hands-on learning experience. I love dogs and in my free time enjoy staying active at the gym or running.”

Jillian P.

“I am a registered dietitian and foodie at heart! I am a food service manager at BIDMC but also love pursuing my passion of working with children and spreading my knowledge of nutrition. When I’m not cooking, I enjoy hiking, zumba, and being an Auntie. My favorite things to eat include pho, homemade pizza, and anything sweet potato. My favorite meal to cook is my mom’s macaroni and cheese recipe. “

Sarah L.

“Hi! My name is Alexa. I have a bachelors in Nutrition Dietetics and a Masters in Nutrition Education. I have been a Nutrition Educator for 3 years, and I am happy to further my passion for teaching nutrition with Kids’ Test Kitchen. I love to cook, as I learned at a young age from my mom. With that being said, I enjoy showing children and families healthier cooking methods to practice at home. It’s important to start at the beginning and teach children that eating healthy CAN be fun! Having fun with cooking is really important as well. Though it may seem to be a drag to “eat healthy” to some, it’s always important to remember to be creative with your cooking!”

Alexa D.